- Context is key and it’s missing from a lot of major news today. To truly do your job as a journalist you need to be reading and researching and encompassing the background of what’s happening in major news stories.
- You need to let your coworkers get to know you. Build your brand and it will help you gain opportunities.
- Identify people who have the job you want and look at their path to success !!
- Look at newsroom issues as a triage unit. Focus on what you can save best and trash what you need to.
- As an Editor- in- Chief, it’s not about being right. It’s about doing the right things for the right reason.
- Build relationships everywhere you go, you never know when they will come in handy!
- Teamwork is everything. No one person could keep The Beacon afloat, we are most successful when we all work together. (It’s also way more fun when we are all here for each other.)
- Good things come to those who hustle…. And if you want to make a career in New York, or in journalism, you have to commit and give it your all!
- Be memorable (but be yourself). Branding is super important. (I have been thinking about this a lot).
- Take a risk every once in a while! And remember that people usually want to help you succeed.
- Be ready to do both (photos and video).
- A good photo captures and event but also make you feel emotion.
- Keep doing what you love. You never know what career path you will take.
- Networking is key.
- Digital is the future embrace what we have and keep making it the best it can be.
Dora Totoian- Reporter
- Don’t be afraid to put pressure on your college to give you information – you pay to go there! On a related note, the freedom and sanctity of the press and the importance of the First Amendment were repeated throughout the conference.
- Be confident and speak up! Especially if you’re a woman. One of the keynote speakers expressed her fear that an idea may seem too obvious or too dumb, when it’s usually not that way at all. In the same vein, ask questions (in any context), even if they sound stupid because they’re probably not. Joanne Lipman’s story of how she was hired for the Wall Street Journal really impressed me.
- Say “yes” to everything, a point Ann Shoket made in her keynote. She encouraged young people to “get a job, any job” and to take advantage of any opportunity that presents itself – even if you’re scared, advice I considered really important to all people our age and especially student reporters.
- Networking is not that scary – it depends how you think of it. People have to know you to hire you for something, and by making yourself known, you’re letting them consider you a possible candidate for an internship or job.
- The Beacon is a high-quality newspaper. Can this be a takeaway? Is it bragging? I don’t really care because after hearing about and talking to people from other newspapers, I think it is.
Hannah Sievert- Reporter/Copy Editor
- Be aware of fake news. I went to a session about fake news and how to identify it, called “Fake News in the Age of Trump.” I took away from this that in this age we need to be aware of what news we are reading, if the news is legitimate, and the amount of fake news that is now on the internet. The woman speaking recommended use of newsliteracyproject.org. She also said we should be teaching students in middle and elementary school about how to read news and recognize fake news to help the problem of fake news in our society today.
- Mara Schiavocampo (ABC News) taught me that it’s important to build a network while in journalism. She suggested to be yourself and be persistent in building relationships with others. I took away from her that building a network comes from being consistent in reaching out to the person, every three months or so.
- I went to a session on feature writing, and I took away that it’s important to be passionate, motivated, and interested when being a writer, and your basic mission as a news writer is to be a storyteller. At the session, I took away that when feature writing, start the story by focusing on a person, scene or event that illustrates the main point of a story. The lead should go from specific to general, and the ending should refer back to the lead. My favorite thing the speaker said was, “Don’t lead a story with a quote unless it’s from God.” He recommended that you give readers a sense of place from the very beginning with writing a feature piece, which comes from taking a small thing about the person that gives a sense of place. The feature writing session also taught me a lot about how to get freelance magazine assignments. The speaker said to start small, and know the voice of the magazine thoroughly. He recommended that you “come up with the best idea you’ve ever had” when thinking of what to submit to a magazine. I also took away some good examples of feature writing, like “The Young Man, The Myth, The Legend,” by Wright Thomson.
- One of my sessions about multimedia was taught by a woman who was getting her PhD in multimedia, and she said that the written word part of a story is often the last thing people look at when looking at a story. An audience first looks at the photography and media, and then reads. She said to treat photography, multimedia, and visuals that accompany a story as equal importance to the writing of it. She also said the layout was important to having a person keep reading.
- Ann Shoket and Joanne Lipman spoke about the importance of getting a job when you’re young, learning how an office works, and learning how to run and be a part of a real business meeting. They said you should initially not get hung up on a 1st job, but it’s important to get any job in the industry that you want to be at out of college. She also said that she sees a lot of women and young people being in meetings sitting off to the side, thinking their opinion doesn’t count and not saying much. She said it’s important to sit at the table in a meeting, and don’t be afraid to speak your mind. She said “force yourself” to speak up, even if it’s not your personality.
Annika Gordon- Multimedia Editor
- Networking is about forming and keeping up RELATIONSHIPS.
- Twitter is a super important tool for all journalism (including photojournalism) and I NEED to make one.
- I need to go into a situation with the mindset to take video AND photos.
- Use jpeg instead of raw format if you’re somewhere where things are happening pretty fast because this format, while of slightly poorer quality, is faster.
- When you have a job interview, make sure you have a war story to talk about, a challenge that you overcame.
BONUS: MEETING UP WITH BEACON ALUM (’14) KATE STRINGER
Speaking of networking… One of the joys of advising student media is connecting current students with former Beacon staffers. In New York, we met up with Kate Stringer, a 2014 grad living in New York and working as a reporter/producer for The 74, an online publication focused on education issues.Thanks Kate for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet with us!